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Genus Bootettix

Creosote bush grasshopper - Bootettix argentatus - male Bootettix argentatus - female Bootettix argentatus - male Creosote Bush Grasshopper - Bootettix argentatus - female Creosote Bush Grasshopper - Bootettix argentatus - male Bootettix argentatus? - Bootettix argentatus - male Grasshopper nymph with purple color on dorsum - Bootettix argentatus Second green grasshopper with purple dorsum - Bootettix argentatus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Gomphocerinae (Slant-faced Grasshoppers)
No Taxon (Acrolophitus Group)
Genus Bootettix
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bootettix L. Bruner 1889. Type species: Bootettix argenteus L. Bruner
Gymnes Scudder 1890. Type species: Gymnes punctatus Scudder [= Bootettix argenteus]
Explanation of Names
Probably from Greek bous (βους)- "cow, ox" + tettix (τεττιξ), a word variously translated as "cicada" or "grasshopper"
Numbers
Two North American species with only one [B. argenteus with clear slightly bluish wings] occuring north of Mexico; the other [B. joerni with pinkish wings] occurs in Coahuila and into adjacent Durango & Zacatecas, Mexico.
Identification
Not large (under 30 mm long). Green with dark brown (often nearly black or reddish) spots and pearly white markings. Eyes brown (often reddish) with faint vertical dark stripes when alive. Found on or near Creosote Bush.
Range
Desert regions of sw. North America where host plant grows.
Food
Creosote Bush Larrea divaricata (= L. tridentata)
Internet References
Proceedings of the United States National Museum, v.12, p.58    Bruner's original description of the genus